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Curry Could Help Defeat Alheizmer's
Ananova ^ | 4-20-2004

Posted on 04/20/2004 5:18:13 PM PDT by blam

Curry could help defeat Alzheimer's

Hot curries can guard against the deterioration of the brain and help keep Alzheimer's at bay.

The news comes after a study into the health benefits of curcumin, found it has power to protect against the onset of Alzheimer's disease.

Curcumin is found in everything from the mildest korma to the hottest vindaloo and scientists in Italy and the US say the oil is a chemical trigger that enhances enzyme activity.

They add it protects the brain against the progression of neurodegenerative disease, reports The Times.

Studies on rats found that curcumin induces an enzyme, hemeoxygenase (HO-1), which operates as a defence mechanism against "free radicals", rogue molecules that cause cells to function abnormally and die.

The damage done by free radicals to intracellular targets such as DNA or proteins has been shown to be a major cause of diseases such as Alzheimer's and are thought to be a major factor in the way people age.

The work by researchers from the University of Catania, Italy, and New York Medical College, presented to the American Physiological Society, showed rat neurons exposed to higher concentrations of curcumin were less affected by cell damage due to increased levels of HO-1.

The team described the findings as "an important first step" in determining curry's role as a preventive agent against neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer's, and its possible benefits for slowing the progression of the disease.

Tumeric is used in powder form in curries, and is prepared by boiling the root for several hours, then drying it for a long-period before crushing.

India, which produces and consumes most of the world's tumeric, has much lower rates of Alzheimer's among the elderly than Western countries, dropping to as little as one per cent of over-65s in some areas.


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KEYWORDS: alzheimers; curry; defeat; health; help
I read about this some time ago in a science magazine.

Also, I've read that curry is the most popular food in England presently.

1 posted on 04/20/2004 5:18:14 PM PDT by blam
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To: Shermy; Dog Gone
Ping. ROFL! Lots of it used in TexMex too.
2 posted on 04/20/2004 5:19:59 PM PDT by swarthyguy
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To: blam
I've read that curry is the most popular food in England presently.

Yep, you could even find it in limited quantities in some of the McDonalds in England. It's a part of the Brit culture now in a similar vein as quick take-out Mexican food is to the American culture - a popular late-night dish.
3 posted on 04/20/2004 5:21:23 PM PDT by July 4th (You need to click "Abstimmen")
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To: blam
curcumin not only quenches free radicals it also inhibits their formation. a very valuable dietary supplement.
4 posted on 04/20/2004 5:22:08 PM PDT by Stellar Dendrite
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To: blam

Forget the chutney, you're screwed.


5 posted on 04/20/2004 5:22:26 PM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: shaggy eel
This means my mother and I will be nagging eachother for another good forty years :)
6 posted on 04/20/2004 5:23:10 PM PDT by cyborg (The 9-11 commission members have penis envy.)
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To: blam
I've had vindaloos so hot you couldn't tell if you have Alzheimer's because you can't think at all.
7 posted on 04/20/2004 5:24:07 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: blam
I'll try to remember to eat more curry.
8 posted on 04/20/2004 5:26:08 PM PDT by Chuckster (Neca eos omnes. Deus suos agnoset)
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To: cyborg
This means my mother and I will be nagging each other for another good forty years :)

,,, not if you curry her before she curries you.

9 posted on 04/20/2004 5:31:18 PM PDT by shaggy eel
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To: shaggy eel
LOL!
10 posted on 04/20/2004 5:31:58 PM PDT by cyborg (The 9-11 commission members have penis envy.)
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It's an Arab conspiracy to control the minds of every non-curry eating non-Muslim.
11 posted on 04/20/2004 5:33:28 PM PDT by oolatec
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To: blam
Curry could help defeat Alzheimer's

I always knew there was something special about that guy.

12 posted on 04/20/2004 5:37:32 PM PDT by Begin
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To: blam
I think I may have Alheizmer's. Or is it Alzheimer's. I can't remember.
13 posted on 04/20/2004 5:40:12 PM PDT by snopercod (When the people are ready, a master will appear.)
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To: swarthyguy
Ping. ROFL! Lots of it used in TexMex too.

Turmeric is used in other Indian dishes as well not just curries. I think it is also used quite often in muslim and thai cooking too.

14 posted on 04/20/2004 5:40:48 PM PDT by pepperhead (Kennedy's floats, Mary Jo's don't!)
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To: Chuckster
"I'll try to remember to eat more curry."

LOL. I always forget to order it. (...and, make sure it wasn't cooked in an aluminum pot.)

15 posted on 04/20/2004 5:42:05 PM PDT by blam
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To: cyborg
,,, I eat Indian food regularly at a Wellington restaurant called Tulsi. The guy who owns it is called Monty and he talked to me one time about my safe choices on the menu and how I always opted to have them served as mild. "You tie the chef's hands together by ordering mild", he said. I risked it and got used to medium, but could never go for hot - I do know that much.
16 posted on 04/20/2004 5:42:49 PM PDT by shaggy eel
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To: blam
I knew that there was a reason I loved Thai food as much as I do.
17 posted on 04/20/2004 5:47:48 PM PDT by DaiHuy (MUST HAVE JUST BEEN BORN THAT WAY...)
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To: blam
So...what doesn't kill the Sicilian wharf rat, makes him stronger. This is a reason for me to start eating something between korma and vindaloo?

I'm gonna stick with apple pie and coffee!

18 posted on 04/20/2004 5:53:11 PM PDT by Graymatter
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To: swarthyguy
Lots of it used in TexMex too.

You may be thinking of cumin.

Curcumin, or turmeric, is a pungent yellow spice used throughout the middle and far east, but in the west mostly for pickles and mustard preparations. It is sometimes used as a substitute for saffron because of its bright yellow color.

Hank

19 posted on 04/20/2004 5:54:01 PM PDT by Hank Kerchief
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To: blam
I think that I'd prefer the disease.
Whatever it's called.
20 posted on 04/20/2004 5:58:43 PM PDT by curmudgeonII
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To: Hank Kerchief
"Curcumin, or turmeric."

Are they the same?

21 posted on 04/20/2004 5:58:53 PM PDT by blam
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To: pepperhead
Turmeric is used in other Indian dishes as well not just curries. I think it is also used quite often in muslim and thai cooking too.

Mmmmmmmmmmm...... Thai curry! I just decided what to do for dinner tonight: Keo's! Thai hot please!

22 posted on 04/20/2004 6:01:10 PM PDT by Chuckster (Neca eos omnes. Deus suos agnoset)
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To: blam
"Curcumin, or turmeric."

Are they the same?

Yes.

Hank

23 posted on 04/20/2004 6:05:09 PM PDT by Hank Kerchief
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To: Billthedrill
I've had vindaloos so hot you couldn't tell if you have Alzheimer's because you can't think at all.

Well, I've had vindaloos so hot that... uh... what...?

24 posted on 04/20/2004 6:07:53 PM PDT by Eala (Sacrificing tagline fame for... TRAD ANGLICAN RESOURCE PAGE: http://eala.freeservers.com/anglican)
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To: curmudgeonII
Note to self: try out some of those new Indian restaurants in town...
25 posted on 04/20/2004 6:09:09 PM PDT by Eala (Sacrificing tagline fame for... TRAD ANGLICAN RESOURCE PAGE: http://eala.freeservers.com/anglican)
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To: blam
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Curcumin is also being investigated in its effect on Multiple Sclerosis.
26 posted on 04/20/2004 6:17:15 PM PDT by dawn53
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To: blam
Tumeric is used in powder form in curries...
Tumeric? Does it cause tumers?

27 posted on 04/20/2004 6:18:10 PM PDT by DallasMike (Hamas Schmamas)
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To: Eala
Aside from eating it, you can buy tumeric in capsule form. I've been taking it for about a month. Don't notice a major difference, but I suppose it's something that helps you out in the long run. If I don't get Alzheimer's I guess it worked, huh? : )

Dr. Andrew Weil recommends highly tumeric. (yeah, he's new agey, but holistic health is holistic health and he has the academic chops to back up what he preaches.)
28 posted on 04/20/2004 6:33:04 PM PDT by radiohead (Over toning the opponent since 2003)
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To: blam
Curry is popular in England becasue of all the Pakies there.
29 posted on 04/20/2004 6:36:21 PM PDT by mlmr (Significant or Trivial)
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To: blam
Beer could help defeat Alzheimer's
30 posted on 04/20/2004 6:38:34 PM PDT by refermech
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To: blam
Curry could help defeat Alzheimer's

Yeah, another senseless claim from boneheaded research.

The claim is currently to HELP prevent the affliction. But once it has you, you're toast. Nothing and no one has ever claimed the ability to stop it or even a breakthrough discovery to lead to reversal of it.

Nicotene, caffeine, vitamin-c, everything under the sun has been branded with a claim to HELP prevent it.

Ain't a dam thing out there today that's worth buying into. I'm a caregiver. Been there. Done that.

Enjoy your curry.

31 posted on 04/20/2004 6:47:28 PM PDT by JoeSixPack1
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To: radiohead
Aside from eating it, you can buy tumeric in capsule form.

"Tumeric" or "Turmeric"? The latter is the form I recall.) Nonetheless, Indian restaurants are to me rather more pleasant than popping pills.

Ugh -- choose between Persian and Indian...? The offerings of the local (Redmond WA) Persian restaurant are most exquisite, very well done; though the Indian restaurants' offerings are more varied in "heat"...

32 posted on 04/20/2004 6:48:51 PM PDT by Eala (Sacrificing tagline fame for... TRAD ANGLICAN RESOURCE PAGE: http://eala.freeservers.com/anglican)
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To: Hank Kerchief; pepperhead
I sit corrected. I just eat the stuff.

33 posted on 04/20/2004 7:08:48 PM PDT by swarthyguy
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To: blam
Interesting but confusing. The condiment English Curry is a blend of several kinds of spices. Then there is a curry plant. Then there is a cumin plant. So which one are they talking about really?
34 posted on 04/20/2004 8:55:11 PM PDT by DestroytheDemocrats
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To: Eala
Tumeric" or "Turmeric"?

It is the latter. Bad spelling happens to good people sometimes.

I am waiting for an order of Thai foodstuffs from an outfit in Issaquah. Plenty of curry there!

35 posted on 04/21/2004 12:41:02 AM PDT by radiohead (Over toning the opponent since 2003)
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To: Begin
LOL! Lordy, but I just KNEW that was going to happen! Great job, my friend. ROTF!
36 posted on 04/21/2004 12:57:33 AM PDT by broadsword (The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for Democrats to get elected.)
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To: blam
Curry Could Help Defeat Alheizmer's"

Mishearing this report I thought to myself, surely they meant to say cause it

Doogle
37 posted on 04/21/2004 1:22:25 AM PDT by Doogle (....and the truth will set you free....depends on what you mean by truth)
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To: Eala
Ugh -- choose between Persian and Indian...? The offerings of the local (Redmond WA) Persian restaurant are most exquisite, very well done; though the Indian restaurants' offerings are more varied in "heat"...

You lucky dog we only have a Indian restaurant where I live. When I go on my spice run out of town I always at a Persian restaurant. Most delicious!

38 posted on 04/21/2004 4:43:46 AM PDT by pepperhead (Kennedy's floats, Mary Jo's don't!)
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To: DestroytheDemocrats
Interesting but confusing. The condiment English Curry is a blend of several kinds of spices. Then there is a curry plant. Then there is a cumin plant. So which one are they talking about really?

Scroll down the article they are talking about Tumeric a ingredient included in the curry powders.

Here is what I know on curry. I hope I got it right. The curry plant was originally used to make Indian curry. The British in charge of India at the time wanted to bring the curries of India home to Britain but the leaves didn't travel well. So the came up with a powder mixture to mimic the taste of curry. I don't think restaurants use curry powder in their curries. I don't use any in mine normally. I have a few Indian cook books and they all seem to have turmeric, coriander and cumin in them. Those ingredients are in most powders along with some other ingredients. Curry leaves are still used in India today. I am not sure what ingredients are used or not used in India.

39 posted on 04/21/2004 5:05:39 AM PDT by pepperhead (Kennedy's floats, Mary Jo's don't!)
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To: pepperhead
When I go on my spice run out of town I always eat at a Persian restaurant. Note to self, get your caffeine fix before posting.
40 posted on 04/21/2004 5:08:14 AM PDT by pepperhead (Kennedy's floats, Mary Jo's don't!)
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